Zauner’s memoir tells the story of her relationship with her mother while she was battling cancer, and how it caused her to connect more deeply with her Korean heritage. A critic for Kirkus gave the book a starred review, calling it “a tender, well-rendered, heart-wrenching account of the way food ties us to those who have passed.”
“It is a surreal thrill to have the opportunity to memorialize my mother in film, and I consider it of the highest honor to pursue that task alongside creative luminaries such as [producers] Stacey Sher, Jason Kim and Orion Pictures,” Zauner said.
In an interview with Kirkus, Zauner said her book was spurred by an “authentic sense of urgency to investigate what I was feeling.”
“I...wanted to warn people about what dying actually looks like,” Zauner said. “I had felt so unprepared for the experience of caretaking [for my mother] and cancer and death. I felt like I’d never read what it looks like in horrifying detail to watch someone go through this.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.